Continued incarceration serves no purpose
Published December 24, 2016
STANDING ROCK INDIAN RESERVATION — Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II is urging President Barack Obama to grant clemency for Leonard Peltier (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe) before the president leaves office on January 20, 2017.
In the letter sent to President Obama, Chairman Archambault writes: “You have appreciated, more than any other President in recent memory, the tumultuous history of Native Americans, and the tragic events derived from that history.”
Peltier, who has been imprisoned for the past 40 years, is serving two consecutive life sentences for killing two FBI agents at Oglala on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota in 1975. Peltier remains in prison despite the fact that the legal processes surrounding his extradition, conviction, and post-conviction have been riddled with flaws.
Amnesty International and legal experts who have studied the case have raised serious concerns about his conviction. In the years since, Peltier has repeatedly been denied parole and exhausted all of this legal remedies, despite evidence of coerced testimony and withholding of key ballistics evidence at trial. Peltier is now 72 years old and in poor health.
“Continued incarceration serves no purpose,” said Chairman Archambault to President Obama.
CLICK HERE to read Chairman Archambault’s letter to the president.
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